The People’s Committee in Ba Ria – Vung Tau and Thien Minh on Friday had a working session to discuss the opening of cheap flights from HCMC to Con Dao island to meet increased demand.
In the first phase, Thien Minh will use aircraft ATR72 because airport in Con Dao can just receive this kind of aircraft. After the airport is upgraded for bigger aircraft, Thien Minh will buy jet aircraft for the route.
Presently, the group is completing legal formalities and if approved, it will operate the route in 2020.
At the session, Deputy Director of the Department of Transport Luong Anh Tuan said that in 2012, the Department petitioned to reduce the fare price and add more flights to Con Dao island as well as connect Con Dao with other international airports.
Accordingly, Thien Minh’s proposal to open more cheap flights to Con Dao island is good.
A representative from the Department of Planning and Investment supported the adding more cheap flights from HCMC to Con Dao island to break up the present monopoly while the People’s Committee shared traveling of residents in Con Dao is difficult especially in rainy season when boats stop operation; hence adding more cheap flights is good news.
Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Le Tuan Quoc expressed his consent on the proposal saying that the People’s Committee will submit its official document to the Ministry of Transport upon the issue.
Currently, Vietnam Air Services Company monopolizes to operate flights from HCMC to Con Dao island with aircraft ATR72.